East African Community member states, except Tanzania and Burundi, will from next January begin using a common tourist visa.
This was announced by Cabinet Secretary for East African Affairs, Commerce and Tourism Phyllis Kandie, Uganda Tourism and Wildlife minister Agnes Egunyo and Rwanda’s High Commissioner to UK William Nkurunzi at the ongoing World Tourism Market expo in London.
The visa is expected to facilitate free movement of tourists and enhance regional integration.
She said that tourism products from the three countries were varied, meaning the single visa plan would give tourists an opportunity to sample a variety of attractions.
However, the effectiveness of the move in view of Tanzania’s exclusion could be limited.